World War One

  • by Norman Stone
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1914, a new kind of war came about, bringing with it a new kind of world. World War One began on horseback, with generals employing bayonet charges to gain ground, and ended with attacks resembling the Nazi blitzkriegs. The scale of devastation was unlike anything the world had seen before: 14 million combatants died, a further 20 million were wounded, and four empires were destroyed. Even the victors' empires were fatally damaged.An overwhelming disaster from which the world is still recovering, World War One can seem baffling in its complexity. But now Norman Stone, one of world's greatest military historians, has composed a dazzlingly lucid and succinct history of the conflict. Stone has distilled a lifetime of teaching, arguing, and thinking into this brisk and opinionated account of the fundamental tragedy of the 20th century.

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What the Critics Say

"Stone is able to pack an enormity of information into the smallest space, and with a remarkable eye for detail....The wonder is that Stone is able to create a narrative of this sweep and brevity while also providing such evocative descriptions." (The American Spectator)
"Stone's book is a special pleasure - a concise, pithy mix of fact and judgment." (Dallas Morning News)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Terrible narration - far too fast

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, impossible to listen to being read at that speed.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Totally ruined it.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, definitely not, couldn't finish it because the narration was so exhausting.


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- Pippa Lamb

A masterpiece of concise writing

Norman Stone's history of the events leading up to the First World War and the course of the war itself is a masterpiece, selecting the core facts but at the same time taking in the whole sweep of the war. The only theatre not covered is Africa, but then that was a sideshow. His judgement of British generals is perhaps harsh; the British Army was essentially a colonial army and had it not been for the work of Haldane and Gen Haig in the years leading up to the war it would have been even less prepared for a campaign in Europe. Although Foch was made supreme Cmdr, it was the British Army which finally broke the back of the Germans on the Western front.
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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-09-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios